One step we’ve taken this year is to partner with the Indigenous Defence and Infrastructure Consortium (IDIC).
The IDIC is a group of Indigenous-owned businesses working together to provide a range of services to major contractors in Australia. The goal is to grow sustainable businesses and support emerging Indigenous Entrepreneurs in Australia.
With IDIC’s guidance, Datacom is looking to include Indigenous businesses in our supply chain by providing contracting opportunities, and providing feedback to support improve bidding, negotiating, invoicing and reporting processes.
IDIC is also providing Datacom with support and guidance in the development and implemention of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Some of the steps we are taking are happening at a community level, with our teams reaching out to learn more about Indigenous culture and traditions.
When the Noarlunga team got together to celebrate the opening and one-year anniversary of the South Australian Customer Service Hub with our partner Services Australia, they were privileged to have a Welcome to Country delivered by Kaurna elder Mickey O’Brien.
During this year’s commemorations for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week, another of our Connect teams in Modbury reached out to Brett Goodes from IDIC and Mickey O’Brien and marked the week with a Welcome to Country, storytelling, smoking ceremony and Kari-Woppa session (cultural craft session).
“As an organisation we know we are on an ongoing learning journey,” says Tom Paine, chair of Datacom’s RAP committee.